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Tag Archives: documentary

“I’m Not Racist” Documentary Features Millennial Views On Privilege, Power And Identity

Students don new identities while playing the board game, "American Dream"In one compelling segment from the 2014 documentary, "I'm Not Racist...Am I?" high school students huddle around a board game modeled loosely after the game "Life."This one is called "American Dream."To play, each student takes on an identity different from their own. So a young black student is now a middle-class white male; a white peer is now a lower-class Asian woman. As they move the pieces around the board, players hear instructions that begin to heavily favor a certain demographic: "All females lose one turn" follows "LGBT players move back one space," which follows “All welfare recipients move back five spaces.”  At the end, the young black student -- playing the game as a white male -- threw up his... Read More →

Ari Shavit’s “My Promised Land” Headed To HBO In New Documentary

HBO will turn Ari Shavit's My Promised Land into a television documentary, CEO and chairman Richard Pleper announced at the 2015 INTV media conference in Jerusalem. "The book left me awestruck and as moved as I’ve been maybe ever," Pleper told the crowd. "When I first approached him, I said to Ari that I’ve waited my whole adult life to find this book.” Published in 2014, "My Promised Land" is a carefully crafted narrative history, weaving family memoir, documents and hundreds of interviews with Arabs and Jews. The book, Shavit's first, took home the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction. No release date has been set, but Israeli filmmaker Dan Setton, whose previous work has centered on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has been tapped to direct.  Here, Ari Shavit addresses... Read More →

“By Blood” Documentary Explores The Legal Battle Waging Between American Indians And Descendants Of Their Slaves

Just who is an American Indian? For hundreds of years, this riddle of identity has vexed the federal government and the tribes alike, writes Marcos Barbery, an investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. He and his co-director, Samuel Z. Russell, worked for four years to craft a concise 64-minute movie to explore it.  “By Blood,” sponsored by the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards at the 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival, takes up a contentious case moving through the federal courts now: Descendants of slaves once owned by the Cherokee and Seminole nations, made members of the tribe by treaty at the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War, are fighting to continue to be counted as Indians. And leaders of the tribes are opposing them, having disenfranchised some 30,000... Read More →

New Documentary Uncovers The Worst Racial Violence In United States History

Destruction of Tulsa's wealthy black district during the 1921 race riot. "Why are we addicted to hate in America?" That was the simple, provocative question of Rachel Lyon, as she introduced her 2014 documentary to a crowd at the Cleveland Museum of Art. “Hate Crimes in the Heartland" spends an hour exploring two separate, racially motivated killings that occurred nearly a century apart.  The film begins in Tulsa, Oklahoma, following the April 2012 "Good Friday shootings" that took three lives and critically injured two others. Two young men -- one white, the other Native American -- drove around the city, opening fire on groups of black people. The random slaughter attracted national media attention and stirred the ghosts of another racial atrocity -- the 1921 Tulsa race... Read More →

Anti-Racism Documentary “White Like Me” Now Streaming For Free

One consequence of Ferguson: viewers can now watch the documentary “White Like Me” cost-free. Tim Wise's anti-racism documentary will stream free online for a few weeks.  The Media Education Foundation, which produced the movie, chose the promo code "blacklivesmatter" for viewers to redeem. Wise, 46, raised more than $41,000 on Kickstarter for the movie, which adapts his 2005 memoir, “White Like Me: Reflections On Race From A Privileged Son.” The 2013 film features insights from Princeton University's Imani Perry; Michelle Alexander, author of 2012's “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”; and Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree. A brisk 68 minutes, "White Like Me" is a forceful, persuasion piece, designed to explain the basics of white... Read More →

Derek Walcott Documentary, “Poetry Is An Island,” To Premiere At Karamu House

Nobel laureate Derek Walcott in his home in St. Lucia "Poetry Is An Island," the new film directed by Dutch filmmaker Ida Does, presents poet and playwright Derek Walcott in his element: his home island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. Place has proved central to the Nobel Laureate in his writings about the island, colonialism and beauty.  He won a Lifetime Achievement Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2004. "I wanted to feel and smell St. Lucia in the same palpable way that I experience Walcott’s poetry," Does said in a recent interview. "When I was there, it felt like I could literally touch Derek’s work, the heart of it." After an early screening, Walcott, 84, praised Does for doing a "beautiful and gentle job" with the film.    Now Northeast Ohioans can see for themselves... Read More →

The Beauty Of “Life Itself,” The Roger Ebert Documentary Brimming With Soul

“Life Itself” first appeared in 2011 as a rich memoir by Roger Ebert. Now, thanks to “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James, it is a documentary of the highest caliber. Roger Ebert and his wife Chaz on their wedding day, in 1992 One of its revelations is the late-life marriage between Ebert and Chicago attorney Chaz Hammelsmith.  Interracial love stories may not be in vogue in Hollywood, but this documentary lets viewers witness an exemplary match.  So does a 3,000-word essay, “Roger loves Chaz,” that Ebert published on his 20th anniversary.  In the documentary, the legendary film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times comes across as a consummate Midwesterner – unpretentious, but also funny, gifted and complex.   Five months before his death in April 2013, Roger and Chaz... Read More →

Final Fundraising Push For First Full-Length Lorraine Hansberry Documentary

The world almost lost Lorraine Hansberry's most famous work, A Raisin in the Sun, before it ripened.  In a moment of frustration, Hansberry threw the script in the trash. Luckily for us, her husband retrieved it from the wastebasket in their New York City apartment and set it aside for her to complete. She did.  Two years later, on March 11, 1959, it debuted on Broadway, earning Hansberry the distinction of being the youngest dramatist and the first African-American to win the Best Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle. The story focuses on the Younger clan, a hard-working Black family in Chicago dreaming of moving up in the world after their patriarch's passing.  After several revivals, the play continues to speak to the nation’s racial turmoil and inequality. The... Read More →

Rita Dove Lauded In New Documentary On Her Formative Years

Filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley knew he wanted to make a film on Rita Dove. So the director of documentaries on former NAACP chairman Julian Bond and revolutionary Che Guevara decided to finance the project out of his own pockets. "To have someone like Rita Dove expressing herself in generational terms by talking about her father and grandfather in her poetry was, to me, like a triple jackpot," the Virginia-based filmmaker said. "I got the writer I was looking for. I got the story I was looking for, and I had it all right here at home."  The result is "Rita Dove: An American Poet" built from family photos, home videos and interviews with its subject  Montes-Bradley explores the former poet laureate's formative years and asks how a girl from Akron, Ohio, became one of the most... Read More →

Black Male Achievement Takes Center Stage In New Documentary, “American Promise”

From left to right: Idris Brewster, Miles Brewster, Joe Brewster. When 13-year-old Idris Brewster, subject of the thought-provoking documentary "American Promise," is invited to a classmate's bat mitzvah, he says he hasn’t much interest. None of the girls ever want to dance with him, and he has a good idea why. "I bet if I was white, I'd be better off," he says plainly. His parents, filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, are sitting off camera. They let the moment land. Such incidents occur often in the two-hour film, which follows Idris and his best friend Seun Summers for 13 years at The Dalton School, a prestigious college preparatory institution in Manhattan. The documentary premiered on PBS in February and is available to viewers on the PBS website until March 6, 2014... Read More →
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